• Iranian foreign minister offers to negotiate on ballistic missiles

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Tehran is prepared to talk about its ballistic missile programme in exchange for the United States cutting defence exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but only after the US has returned to the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • Multinational MRTT Unit established

    The Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Unit (MMU) has been established, the Luftwaffe announced on its website on 10 July. Multinational MRTT Force (MMF) programme executive board chair, Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Dick Kreiter, handed over command of the MMU to its first

  • Qatari Coast Guard inaugurates main base

    The Qatari Coast Guard’s new main base was officially inaugurated on 14 July, a milestone event in the major expansion in the force’s capabilities. Located about 30 km north of Doha and called the Al-Daayen Naval Base, the facility was opened by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al

  • Re-introduced Hellenic Air Force P-3Bs fly with mixed Greek-US crews

    The P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), recently re-introduced into Hellenic Air Force (HAF) service after being withdrawn in 2009, has been flying with mixed Greek-US crews. The HAF’s 353 Maritime Patrol Squadron (MPS) was reformed as part of 112 Wing at Elefsis Air Base in June, with

  • Spain approves aircraft trainer order

    Spain’s interim government has given the go-ahead for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to purchase 24 new trainer aircraft for the air force for EUR225 million (USD253.4 million). Delivery of the trainers is due to begin in 2020 and run until 2024. They will replace the ageing C101 advanced

  • Afghan forces continue to suffer ‘record-high’ casualties, says US DoD

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) continue to incur heavy losses in its fight against militant groups, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in a report covering events in Afghanistan between 1 December 2018 and 31 May 2019. Released on 12 July, the June 2019 edition of the

  • British destroyer heads for the Gulf

    The Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan is heading for the Middle East to allow the Royal Navy to maintain a continuous presence in the tense region, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. An MoD spokesman told Jane’s on 12 July that HMS Duncan’s planned deployment to the Gulf region

  • Israel to get more hardened aircraft shelters

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is looking to build additional hardened aircraft shelters, according to a notice published on the USU Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 12 July. The notification did not reveal the number of aircraft shelters that will be built or the base where they will

  • UK says frigate warned off Iranian patrol boats

    A Royal Navy frigate confronted Iranian vessels attempting to block a UK-flagged oil tanker as it sailed out of the Gulf, the British government said in an 11 July statement. “Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British

  • S-400s begin arriving in Turkey

    S-400 air defence systems began arriving in Turkey on 12 July, the Turkish Ministry of Defence has announced on its website. The ministry said that the first equipment for the system arrived at Mürted Air Base northwest of Ankara. Open source tracking of the ADS-B transponders on Russian

  • Brazilian Air Force to receive Phenom 100EV jets

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is looking to take delivery of two Embraer Phenom 100EV executive jets later this year, the service told Jane’s . The contract for the aircraft and initial logistics support worth USD9.29 million was placed by the Brazilian Aeronautical Commission in Washington

  • Singapore enhances naval interoperability with Myanmar in first-ever PASSEX

    Two warships from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) have conducted the service’s first passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Myanmar Navy. The activity was undertaken by the RSN’s Victory-class corvettes, RSS Valiant and RSS Valour , as the two vessels sailed up the Yangon River after a

  • White House pick to lead Joint Chiefs downplays chance of large-scale military conflict with Iran

    US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, the nominee to take the reins as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has downplayed the potential of a full-blown war with Iran while also noting that the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of

  • USFK confirms North Korea’s Hwaseong-15 ICBM can target all of US mainland

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has confirmed North Korean claims that the Northeast Asian country’s Hwaseong-15 (also spelled Hwasong-15) road-mobile, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can strike targets anywhere in the US mainland. The weapon, which was test-fired by North Korea

  • France says it owns Javelins found in Libya

    The Javelin anti-tank missiles found in Libya belong to France, the French Ministry of Armed Forces confirmed in a statement posted on its website on 11 July. “The weapons were intended for the self-protection of a French detachment deployed for counter-terrorism intelligence purposes,”

  • US spending USD23 million to train Mongolian Armed Forces mobile training team

    As the United States looks to shore up its partnerships with nations within the Indo-Pacific region, its special forces are spending millions of dollars to help build up a Mongolian Armed Forces mobile training team. During a 10 July media roundtable inside the Pentagon, US Army soldiers from the

  • Probable attempted talks with jihadists following Russia-Mali military deal likely to create splits weakening operational capacity

    Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé on 7 July wrapped up a five-day trip to central Mali, where hundreds have been killed in inter-ethnic violence, pledging to increase security. His visit follows the signing of a Mali-Russia military agreement on 25 June by the two countries’ defence

  • UAE confirms Yemen drawdown

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed it is withdrawing troops from Yemen in what it says is a long-planned move. The withdrawal was first reported on 28 June by Reuters, which cited Western diplomatic sources as saying that the UAE was scaling back its commitment to the Saudi-led coalition

  • End of conscription exemption likely to drive increased insurgent violence in southern Syria

    Key Points After the Syrian government ended the temporary exemption from military conscription in Deraa, arrests of those avoiding it are likely to contribute to an increase in insurgent attacks against security forces. Protests and low-level attacks against security forces have increased

  • Indonesia inaugurates new airbase on Batam Island

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has formally inaugurated a new airbase on the island of Batam in Indonesia's Riau archipelago. The airbase will oversee TNI-AU’s flight operations in a region that shares airspace boundaries with those of

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